James 1:5-8 ESV “5If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
James 1:5 NIV “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
James 1:5 KJV “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Jas 1:5 launches a new stream of ideas beginning with wisdom and ending with foolishness in v. 8. James often uses stark comparisons to make vivid points. This passage is one of many such examples. Verse 5 starts with a recommendation to seek wisdom by asking God. James assures us God will be generous in his answer to such a request. Verse 5 does not stand alone for we see v. 6 establishes a specific requirement directed to us. In our study of v. 5, we will explore wisdom, asking God for things, the nature of prayer and answers to prayer, and giving.